Along with the chart you see above, which celebrates (no, wait, that's not the right word) our record-breaking 70th day of temperatures at or above 100, the National Weather Service directs our attention to the latest Drought Information Statement issued a few days ago. Long story short: The bad ("blistering temperatures" and "negligible precipitation") will only get worse in coming months.
The Palmer Drought Severity Index reveals that this drought, though shorter than the one that emptied White Rock Lake in the 1950s, ain't far from eclipsing its predecessor. Now, for the bad news:
Autumn cold fronts will bring relief from the heat but will also exacerbate the fire danger by increasing winds and reducing humidity. With the likelihood of a second La Nina winter, the fire threat for the upcoming winter is expected to be considerable.
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No need to tell that to Montague County, where WFAA's Gary Ultee is currently covering what he says "is the fastest-moving fire he's seen this summer."